Ex-Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic sentenced to prison for tax evasion

Zdravko Mamic left Croatia for neighbouring Bosnia earlier this week. Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

A court in Croatia has sentenced former Dinamo Zagreb chief executive Zdravko Mamic to six-and-a-half years in prison for tax evasion and siphoning off profits from player transfers.

Two other former senior Dinamo officials and a tax official were also jailed for the same offences.

Mamic's brother Zoran, a former Dinamo coach, was given a sentence of four years and 11 months, while Damir Vrbanovic, a senior official in the Croatian Soccer Federation (HNS), was sentenced to three years.

Milan Pernar, a tax official, was jailed for four years and two months.

All had denied wrongdoing and have a right to appeal to a higher court. None were present when the verdict was announced. Zdravko Mamic left Croatia for neighbouring Bosnia earlier this week.

The officials had been charged with tax evasion worth 12.2 million kuna (£1.45m) and for siphoning off 116 million kuna from player transfers from the club.

Dinamo are the most successful Croatian club since the country gained independence in 1991, winning 19 championships.